The purpose in conducting program evaluations is to demonstrate benefits offered by programs. Program evaluations consist of either summative or formative types. Whereas summative evaluations assess a program’s operations and usefulness, formative evaluations explain the ways in which a program operates to improve the way in which it functions. In this assignment, you will write a paper in which you discuss the summative and formative types of evaluation and their appropriate applications to organizations.
Write a paper (1,000-1,250 words) in which you discuss summative and formative types of program evaluation. Do the following in your paper:
- Provide a research-based description of the purposes, audience members, types of information, and data collection sources for which summative and formative program evaluations are best suited.
- Identify and defend the type of program evaluation that would best align with and assess the performance of the organization you referenced in the Module 2 assignment. Include specific examples from the organization’s mission statement and program description.
- Discuss the theory and process involved in developing the methodological strategies for implementing this evaluation.